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California Dreaming: Hey Little Cobra

The success of the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean had not gone unnoticed, and every musician with an eye for what was hot was soon cutting their own surf and hot rod tunes. Among the earliest were the Rip … Continue reading

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Mike Love’s Beach Boys, 7th July 2013

Nobody in the music business polarises opinion like Mike Love. To some he’s the essential element in the Beach Boys’ success — the nasal-voiced singer of their biggest hits, “Mr Positivity”, the hardest working man in showbiz. To others, he’s … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Bruce Johnston — Going Public

I’m actually going slightly out of order here. There were two Beach Boys solo albums released in 1977. The first of these, Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue, is generally considered a masterpiece. It’s been issued on CD as a double … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: The Beach Boys Love You

The follow-up to 15 Big Ones may well be the most controversial album the band ever did, with fans almost evenly divided between those who love it and those who hate it. In a recent (totally unscientific) poll on one … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Carl And The Passions (So Tough)

Carl & The Passions feels very much like the work of a totally different band from the one that recorded Surf’s Up, and that’s because to a great extent it is. After Dennis Wilson damaged his hand and could no … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Surf’s Up

Shortly after the release of Sunflower, the Beach Boys hired former journalist and DJ Jack Rieley as their manager. Outside of the band members themselves, Rieley rapidly became the most important figure in the band’s story for the next few … Continue reading

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What I Did On My Holidays, By Andrew Aged 33 3/4

Or a review of the two Beach Boys gigs I was at in Italy. Before I start… the Beach Boys (in whatever configuration) tailor their sets to their audiences and venues, and so the sets I saw (in open-air venues … Continue reading

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